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Joy Care Center

The Joy Care Center was founded in 1993 to facilitate ministry to ex-offenders upon their release from jail or prison by strengthening them spiritually and improving their practical skills with the ultimate goal of seeing them become contributing members of society. A substantial part of that ministry is carried out by Jobs Partnership, a program primarily run by Michelle Cook.

The jobs program includes a nine-week course of 12 classes. The classes are free and open to anyone needing help gaining employment. They are held at the old Bloomington Junior High School at 510 E. Washing-ton Street, Bloomington, and run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Classes are also offered at the McLean County Jail on Friday evenings. Once a person has attended all the classes, he or she can attend a job fair where potential employers gather to hire employees. There is also a support group which meets Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. Participants in the program receive weekly job leads, mentors, and can receive assistance with employment, housing, transportation, food, and clothing.

First Presbyterian Church of Normal helps support this program through local mission funds, and some of our members are involved in various ways with Jobs Partnership.

Home Sweet Home Ministries

Home Sweet Home Ministries has been serving the homeless and hungry with Christ's love in Bloomington, Illinois since 1917. We provide case management and other supportive services to the homeless such as shelter, hot meals, clothing and toiletries, and children's programming. Our goal is to help people find independence, restore their hope and share the love of Jesus Christ with them.

Western Avenue Community Center

WACC Opened in 1926 when Reverend Frank Breen and a group of community leaders held a campaign to raise $30,000 for the erection of an inter-denominational church and community center. The church and center became a neighborhood meeting place for social, religious, educational, and recreational activities for all age groups.

The Western Avenue Community Church disbanded as a church in 1969, but continued as a social service organization and community center, working with people of all ages and reaching out into the neighborhood.

Habitat for Humanity

"As a social service agency, homebuilder and mortgage lender, HFHMC collaborates with volunteers and families on a non-discriminatory basis to build simple, decent, affordable houses and sell them at cost through a no-interest loan …The program of building homes with Habitat qualified families creates an atmosphere and life changing experience for all involved.”

The Boys & Girls Club

"The Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal is a youth enhancement program that provides both summer and after-school activities. These activities serve the emotional, cultural, and social needs of youth ages 6-18. The Club plays a positive role in the lives of young people, providing safe environment where they can learn and grow."

Illinois People's Action

“Illinois People’s Action (IPA) is the state’s largest faith-based community organization. The mission of IPA is to organize for justice in local communities and throughout Illinois’ urban and rural areas. IPA works with local grassroots and faith leaders on wide variety of justice issues they themselves identify.”